Escape to Vermont: The Best Winter Resorts for Non-Skiers.

Explore Vermont's winter charm without skis! Discover top resorts offering activities like snowshoeing, ice skating, and scenic tours perfect for every non-skier.

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Winter Vacations in Vermont for Non Skiers

Vermont, renowned for its pine-tree lined ski slopes and snowy landscapes, offers a treasure trove of winter activities for people who prefer to stay out of ski boots. This guide explores the state's best winter resorts and destinations where non-skiers can immerse themselves in the magic of the season without hitting the slopes.

Embrace the Outdoors, No Skis Attached

At Mount Snow, the outdoors offer other off-mountain pursuits like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Just remember, dressing warmly is key to enjoying the beautiful winter landscape comfortably. In addition, a few key activities that you can try, include: 

  • Snow Tubing: Family-friendly tubing park with lanes for all ages.
  • Snowmobile Tours: Experience the thrill of snowmobiling through scenic trails.
  • Spa Services: Indulge in spa treatments designed to rejuvenate and relax.

Stowe, VT, isn’t just for skiers either. The town of Stowe embodies the quintessential New England town with abundant retail & culinary delights, and a vibrant arts & music scene.

The on-mountain Village at Spruce Peak boasts the Enchanted Forest, an outdoor ice skating rink, and is an apres haven.

For the more adventurous, dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing offer unique ways for non-skiers to experience Vermont’s beautiful winter season. Other things to keep non-skiers in the loop on winter fun, include: 

  • Scenic Gondola Rides: Take in the breathtaking views of the Green Mountains from Vermont's highest peak.
  • Spa Services: Relax after a cold day with a spa treatment at The Lodge at Spruce Peak.
  • Sleigh Rides: Cozy up under a blanket for a magical sleigh ride through the snow-covered landscape.
  • Artisan Cheese Making Tours: Visit local cheese makers for a taste and learn how Vermont's famous cheeses are made.
  • Craft Brewery Tours: Explore some of Stowe's renowned craft breweries with tours and tastings.

Last, but not least, there are a number of activities near Okemo for non-skiers to engage with the excitement of winter in Vermont.  From serene outdoor explorations to cozy indoor experiences, Okemo offers something for everyone to enjoy the snowy season.

  • Ice Skating: Glide across the ice at the Ice House.
  • Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster: Downhill action that requires no boots or skis.
  • Snowshoeing: Explore scenic trails covered in fresh snow.
  • Cross Country Skiing: Slide through the woods on well-groomed Nordic trails.

Warm Up with Vermont’s Culinary Specialties

Indulge in the flavors of the season at Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery in Berlin, where tasting rooms have a warm glow under holiday lights.

Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte invites visitors to explore sustainable agriculture while enjoying organic produce and heritage livestock products.

Add a sweet note to your trip, with a visit to the original Ben & Jerry’s Factory. Or check out the state’s maple syrup sugarhouses, to sample a taste of Vermont’s liquid gold. Whether it's syrup, candies, or creams, you’ll find plenty of maple delights to bring home.

Discover Vermont’s Hidden Gems

Explore the history and heritage of the Trapp Family Lodge, made famous by the “Sound of Music”, or the Lincoln Family Home for a touch of culture amid the winter landscape. 

For thrill-seekers, snowmobiling on the network of VAST trails, or ice climbing, offers an exhilarating challenge you’ll remember forever.

Vermont—for non-skiers too!

Vermont proves you don’t need skis to enjoy the winter season. From active outdoor pursuits and culinary explorations to cultural discoveries and adrenaline-pumping adventures, the state offers a winter getaway for everyone interested in experiencing the season to the fullest. Get your winter gear and head to Vermont, where the best snow vacations await for non-skiers just as much as skiers.